October 26

AAPSU calls for united Arunachal

NEW DELHI: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has called upon the Arunachalee students residing in Delhi to remain united without difference based on communal lines.  

AAPSU Communal Harmony team headed by its Chairman Happy Toko interacted with Arunachal Students Union Delhi today and sought promotion of communal harmony.

AAPSU team is currently camping in New-Delhi over the vexed Chakma-Hajong refugees issue.  

Addressing the gathering, Happy Toko advocated cross culture communication and inter-tribe matrimonial relationship so that it promotes unity and diversity among the people of the state. Speaking on occasion, former AAPSU General Secretary Gumjum Haider dwelt on significance of brotherhood among the tribes to fight the vexed refugee issue.


Doye slam assault on DDSE

ITANAGAR: Nari Koyu Mandal BJP, East Siang has condemned the assault on DDSE Marken Kadu on Friday.

Its president, Marbom Doye said that government must work harder to contain growing incidences of assault on its own officers. Doye further said that if the Congress’s frontal wing leader indulges in crime and violence and assault govt employee, the safety of the common people cannot be guaranteed.

He further said that assault should not be politicized nor given a communal colour and that law must be allowed to take its own course of action. Doye said that it was time for the people of the state to support ATA & COSAAP in their fight for justice. He further said that Arunachalees need to be united as Assam continues to grab land along the border areas with Arunachal.


Kena calls for all round development

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: "State government has devised innovative developmental activities in the field of infrastructure, tourism, health, education and social sectors for rapid development. And for that we need to stand united for all round development," said Transport, Cooperation and Civil Aviation Minister Jomde Kena while addressing a public meeting at Likabali today.

This was his maiden visit to the constituency after being inducted into the Nabam Tuki cabinet.

He expressed the hope that his induction into the ministry will give ample opportunity for all round development to his constituency.

At his hometown Gensi, he assured to upgrade Govt. Secondary School to Higher Secondary from the  next academic session while responding to a memorandum submitted by the ZPM.


NCP slam BJP statements

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: The Nationalist Congress Party, Arunachal unit reacting to the state BJP's demand for resignation of the Tuki led Congress government in the state or to prove majority in the legislative assembly, stated that the BJP should show maturity and not become a laughing stock.

In a release, the NCP stated the Congress has absolute majority in the assembly with 47 legislators out of the 60 member Assembly so the question of proving majority does not arise.  

The NCP also alleged that some MLAs of INC are heard to be involved in dissident activities against Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at the behest of BJP. The State BJP is creating political turmoil in the state by encouraging Congress MLAs which has hindered the smooth functioning of the Govt. and development in the state, it added.


Talent Hunt with a difference

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: The week-long Arunachal Handicapped Talent Hunt 2015 concluded on a colourful note on Oct 22 last.  With an objective to create a platform for physically challenged people to exhibit their talents, the show was organised by All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Society.  Nabam Tatum has emerged as the winner of the contest, followed by Rinu Koyu and Bengdung Dindo Oku as first and second runners up respectively.

The winner walked away with a Yahama Scooty and Rs  one lakh in cash while the  first runner up bagged Yahama Crux motorcycle with rupees 50000/ cash and 2nd runner had to content with Rs 30000/-.

Techi Talar and Gollo Yania's groups were awarded with consolation prize of Rs 5000 each.


Legal awareness camp at Hapoli

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: A daylong legal awareness cum legal aid camp was organised at Hapoli today by the Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) in coordination with Apatani Women Association, Ziro (AWAZ).

District & Sessions Judge, and Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, Budi Habung, assured to provide assistance to AWAZ Ziro in holding programmes in schools/ colleges in future in various legal topics.

Budi Habung, in his presentation spoke on the legal aid and the role of the legal services authority touching upon the background of the legal aid concept and the activities conducted by it from time to time. During the day long programme, talks on general rights of the women under the Indian laws which included references to legal, criminal and constitutional provisions was delivered by Judicial Magistrate First Class, Yingkiong,  Habung Tangu.

Further during the programme, Talks on Protection of Women from Sexual harassment at Work Place and Domestic Violence and the modalities to avail such provisions were delivered by legal expert Rosy Taba.

Lower Subansiri District Bar Association, Secretary, Tanyang Tado spoke on plea bargaining under the criminal law and vividly dwelt on the finer details and how to avail the same during the course of the trial.

Deputy Secretary, Law and Judicial, and APSLSA, OSD, Dani Belo spoke on Arunachal Pradesh Victim Compensation Scheme, 2011 and procedures to avail the same.

During the interaction programme, clarifications on easy bail to various offenders against women, establishment of juvenile homes, property rights of women, polygamy were discussed.


Day-3 results of Sunfeast Cup tournament

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Seven matches were played on day three of the Sunfeast Cup football tournament today. Devil Boys FC, Giri Colony FC, Tarh Khu FC, VKV PTC, Heri United FC, BN Colony FC and Artrus DC won their respective matches at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun.

Devil Boys FC beat Raising Star FC Papu Nallah 1-0, Giri Colony FC beat Arunachal Sporting Club 5-4 (via penalty shootout), Tarh Khu FC beat Bri Brothers FC 4-0, VKV PTC beat FC Doimukh Junior 2-0, Heri United FC beat GHSS RGU Campus Doimukh (1-1) 3-2 via penalty kick, BN Colony FC beat Vivek Vihar FC 1-0 and Artrus FC beat VKV Itanagar FC 2-0, according to organizer.

Tomorrow's matches:

7 DFC Chimpu vs Sangey Lhaden SC (9am), Giri Colony FC vs Tarh Khu FC (10am), VKV PTC vs Heri United FC (11am), BN Colony vs(…) (12noon), Devil Boys FC vs. winner of the match between 7.D.F.C. Chimpu vs Sangey Lhaden SC (1.30pm), Arunachal Sporting Club vs D Sector United (2.30pm), Arunachal United FC vs BK Sports Academy (3.30pm).


Kra Daadi to participate in all disciplines in Mini Olympics

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Kra-Daadi District Olympic Association in a meeting at Palin yesterday decided to send a large team of athletes in the first ever Mini Olympics scheduled to be held here from the first week of December.

The district will field athletes in all the disciplines that are included in the Mini Olympics, informed Kara-Daadi District Olympics Association.

Selection trials for players/team are being held simultaneously at Palin and Itanagar, the district Olympic association informed.


Demo cum training prog for farmers

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: The District Agriculture Office, Aalo organized a demonstration cum training programme for farmers at Yigi-Kaum village under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY).

Study and demonstrations were conducted on potato peeler/slicer, ground nut decorticator, brush cutter, wheel hoe , wet land paddy weeder, battery operated knapsack sprayer, power operated sprayer cum duster, maize sheller (tubular n rotary type) horticulture tool kits, fruit harvester, fertilizer brood caster and manual seed drill,, drum seeder, lawn mower, multi tool bar, according to a release from district agriculture office.

Live demon on paddy reaper was also conducted in a paddy field. Around 140 farmers attended the programme.

Training was also conducted on gender friendly equipments for women farmers.

Similar demos were also organized at Maate, Kabu villages, Logum Jini and at the Dao's office.

The demo cum training programme was organized in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare and Farm Machinery Training and Testing Institute (NER), Biswanath Chariali, Assam from October 14 to 17.


Rajya Puraskar testing camps begin

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: The Rajya Puraskar (Governor's Award) testing camp for Scouts and Guides conducted by Bharat Scouts and Guides has began in four venues today.

The testing camps are being held at Manmow, Lohit, Pasighat, East Siang, Naharlagun, Papum Pare, Bomdila, West Kameng.

A total of 246 Scouts and Guides from all the districts will under go various tests like checking of uniform, law and promise, sign, salute and left hand shake, national and BSG flag, prayer, flag song, national anthem, knots,  BP six exercises, types of fire, compass, first aid, estimation, pioneering, camp craft, map reading, hike, proficiency badges etc.

The Rajya Puraskar will be awarded to the qualified Scouts and Guides by the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh in a special ceremony and their names will also be registered for Rashtrapati Award.


AVP Sports Meet

AALO Oct. 25: Altogether 94 athletes will represent West Siang district in the AVP's state level competition to be held in Itanagar. The athletes were selected on the basis of their performance in the district level competition here.

Former minister Doi Ado, who distributed prizes and certificates to all the winning athletes/teams, lauded AVP's efforts to identify young sports talents by organizing such sports meet at grassroots level.

The DIPRO Gijum Tali advised the young players to be disciplined and take games and sports professionally.

The sports meet was conducted by West Siang district unit of AVP. (DIPRO)

From our Daporijo Correspondent

AVP's district level sports meet for Upper Subansiri was held at APPBn ground, Deporijo recently.

250 youths, including 140 boys and 110 girls took part in the events. Of them, 77 youths were selected to represent the district at the state level competition.


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Governor reach Indo-China border, lauds Indian Army

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Governor JP Rajkhowa today visited the remote border post of Bumla in Tawang district and contributed a stone on the 'Heap of Stones' on the Indo-China border for harmonious relationship between the two neighboring countries. He wished for a bright and glorious future for friendship of two Asian giants.

Interacting with the Army officers and personnel at 'Maitri Sthal', Bumla, 33 km from Tawang, the Governor lauded them for defending the motherland at the difficult and harsh terrain. He said that the people of Arunachal Pradesh are proud of them and take pride in Indian Army.

Commanding Officer of 14 Punjab Regiment, Col Rajesh, Sena Medal, briefed the Governor on Bumla Pass and activities in 'Maitri Sthal' towards Sino-India friendship.   

Earlier, on his way to the Border Post, the Governor paid homage to Param Vir Chakra Awardee Subedar Joginder Singh at his memorial located at a height of 16000 ft, near Bumla.

During the visit, the Governor was delighted to see large numbers of tourists visiting the border post and its surrounding area and Army and Civil Administrations, jointly facilitating the visitors.

He expressed the hope that the serene and pristine environment on way to the border post will be preserved and more tourists will be able to see the nature at its best, which in turn will boost the rural economy of the district and State as a whole. In his second day of visit, the Governor also interacted with the prominent NGOs of the district. He called upon the Lamas, civil society and youth to put in concerted effort to improve the literacy rate of the district. He urged the NGOs running schools to impart value based education to the students.

The Governor called upon the civil society and district administration to work for starting a college for Arts stream at the earliest.

It is pertinent to mention here that there is not a single college for higher education at Tawang.

He said that many children will not go for higher education if such facilities are not made available in the district. With higher education, the society will move forward and employment avenues and entrepreneurship will widen, he said adding that there should be atleast one ITI and Polytechnic institute in every district.

The Governor also gave emphasis on preservation of rich cultural heritage of the Monpas. He said that many indigenous expertise in handicrafts and exclusive design weaving including mask making, are gradually becoming extinct. Urgent effort must be there to revive and promote these heritages, he said.

The Governor also stressed that cultural assets of the society, including folk dances must be preserved and promoted. He underscored that it must be percolated to all ages through training and motivation.  

Lauding the Environment Protection Society (EPS), Tawang for its work in cleanliness drive, the Governor advised the NGOs, including the Lamas of Tawang Monastery to make contribution towards Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and make Tawang district the cleanliest district of the State.  (PRO to Raj Bhawan)



Prog focus on growing drug

addiction amongst youth

Daporijo, Oct 25: A two days district level training programme on Anti-drugs Awareness & Gender Sensitization was conducted by SSA Zilla Mission, Upper Subansiri at Government M. E. School, Police Colony, Daporijo on Oct 23-24.

The training was held for BEOs, CRCCs of different blocks and all school Headmasters of Daporijo Township.

DSP M Ete, attending the inaugural programme, informed that cases of drug addiction amongst the youth is increasing alarmingly and is becoming a menace in schools and in the society. Stating that this was happening because of ignorance and lack of awareness among parents and guardians, he appealed to all the teachers and participants to learn and equip themselves with skills and knowledge of psychology taught during the technical sessions and use the information to mould students to become good citizens.

DDSE Incharge T. Maying emphasised on gender sensitisation as gender inequalities and disparities were still found to be practiced in the society.

MO Dr. J Nalo, DIET lecturer, S. B. Singh and BEO J. Rigia were the resource persons and delivered presentations on causes, impact and solutions for drug abuse and its ill effects on individuals and society. The legal and ethical issues of HIV/ AIDS, understanding the psychology of adolescent girls and gender sensitization and the rights of women and girl children and the duties and responsibilities of family, head teachers, PRIs and SMCs for bringing quality education to SC/ ST students were the topics discussed upon. DIPRO



The missing traditional flavour

Monday Musing

[ Amar Sangno ]

As I strolled, along with horde of curious media persons, down the pavement leading to Chindang festival ground at Tippi, a small village, popular for its Orchid Sanctuary but overshadowed by border town Bhalukpong in West Kameng, the announcer was translating from the programe chart in unsavory Hindi, punctuated with Sajolang(Miji) .

As we reached the festival ground, after a thorough security check including frisking, because MoS Home Kiren Rijiju was in attendance too, it was not hard to notice that the pandal was devoid of tribal touch. It looked more like any other Indian festival or marriage pandal. Only the sacrificial alter (Dhapogan in Miji) erected in middle of ground had a traditional touch.

Another was the colorful traditional attire of the Mijis. Old and young men wore the head crown called Dampen proudly while the women clad themselves in intricately hand-weaved jacket embellished with traditional beads as they lined up both sides of the pathway leading to the pandal, waiting for the VIPs to arrive.  

Neither the priest was chanting hymns nor was any traditional ritual taking place. No rice flour (Ngam moh) was sprayed at the sacrificial alter which otherwise is part of rituals. One traditional flavor was that selected guests including the curious journalists were served Chang(maize beer) along with spicy bean and ginger salad wrapped in Akam leaves.

Elsewhere, the small commercial stalls around the festival ground were stuffed with pricy IMFL beverages.  

"People prefer foreign wine, so we stock as per demand" said 18 years old Pretty Miji, who made an honest attempt to persuade me to try some wine.

Chindang, an agro-based festival, is considered to be official festival of the community which is  celebrated  annually on October 15 in East and West Kameng districts. Miji, a small tribe, inhabit Lada circle of East Kameng district and Nafra Sub-Division of West Kameng and few have recently shifted to Sessa and Bhalukpong, for better accessibility to modernity.  

However, this small tribe, whose total population is just above 11 thousand approximately, is battling hard to survive from onslaught of modernity and religious conversion. Their language is already enlisted as most critically endangered among the ethnic groups in Arunachal Pradesh by the UNESCO.

"The originality of Chindang festival is losing its colour, as our people who have embraced other religions abstain from taking part in it" rued Taluk Miji Sanchoju, an educationist.

The recent Chindang festival was a testimony of fading originality of culture, as MoS Home Kiren Rijiju himself put it, "Originality of any culture should not be diluted, and youth should shoulder the responsibility in preserving age old culture and traditional values".

Unofficial record says that 90 percent of the community members have converted to Christianity while few have converted to Buddhism, leaving very few who have chosen to stick to animism.

Chindang Festival Celebration Committee Chairman Aju Khonjuju said that every year, Bhalukpong celebrates the festival without traditional sacrifice and rituals.

He further admitted that most of his community members are now Christians which make it difficult for traditional sacrifice and rituals to be accommodated.

He said in Nafra, the original form of Chindang is celebrated with sacrifice and rituals.

Kaley Rijiju, a songwriter and activist believes that advancement of modernity and conversion of religion is a major factor that Chindang is losing its original form.

"To gel with modernity, we forfeited our original culture and tradition" Kalley adds.

A welcome song was sung by a group of woman adorned in traditional attire with rhythmic beats.

Oh, Changhibii tey Daikom Chii Aado

Riihe Bii tey Daikom Chii Aado"

Shenjhang Noi Peh Kelom Chew Aado

Zhemiyong Noi Peh Keluchew Aado'

Translating its meaning, song composer and writer Ashan Sangchoju elucidated that song is an open invitation to all, urging them to be part of joyful Chindang celebration.

As the guests and media persons were led to another pandal, for lunch, where mostly Indian food was being served, a signature folk song of the community "Nekubu ley Nekunoi aira, Bukaw Cho Danglan Doh" was playing at the background.  

It is apparent that with ever changing world, the uniqueness of this small tribe is also gradually fading. Blame it on insidious impact of modernity or conversion of its members to other religions but the onus is on the young Sajolangs to decide how they want to take their community forward.

I could not help but remember a line written on top of the programe sheet which read "Loss of Culture, Loss of Identity".



Understanding Stroke

[ Dr. Amber Anand ]

Stroke, also known as Cerebro Vascular Accident (CVA) occurs when there is an interruption of blood flow to the brain resulting in sudden loss of neurological function. It may lead to a wide range of deficits including changes in the level of consciousness as well as impairment of motor, cognitive, sensory, perceptual and language problems, however, it should be noted that in order to be classified as stroke the neurological deficits must persist for more than 24 hours.

WHO defines Stroke clinically as, “Rapidly developed clinical signs of a focal disturbance of cerebral function of presumed vascular origin and of more than 24 hour duration”. If the sign and symptoms do not last for more than 24 hour, then it is called Transient Ischemic Attack, often called as mini stroke and it should be considered as a warning sign.

Stroke is the leading cause of death and disability in India. Around 16 lakh people suffer from stroke in India annually. In Arunachal Pradesh itself, majority of population either suffer or die from stroke due to lack of proper medical facilities to treat such cases.

Diet, life style, smoking and alcoholism are the main culprit behind stroke and cardiac problems like heart attack. People who eat more of red meat and other non-vegetarian packaged or processed product are more prone to develop high blood cholesterol problem. Sedentary life style and lack of physical activity also contributes to obesity. And last but not the least alcoholism and smoking also increases the risk of developing cardiac problems by increasing the blood cholesterol and blood lipid level and blood pressure as well.

So, when there is an increase in blood cholesterol and lipid level along with the high blood pressure, the plaque which is present on the lumen of the blood vessel gets dislodged into the flowing blood. When these plaques enter the coronary circulation (vessels supplying the muscles of the heart), it blocks them. So the blood does not reach the cardiac muscles and so is the oxygen. As a result the cardiac muscle does not contract and the blood is not pumped out and the heart stops, this is called heart attack.

Similar pathology happens in case of stroke; the plaque enters the cerebral circulation and blocks the circulation of blood further to the site of blockage. So the area which is supplied by that vessel remains devoid of blood and oxygen. And without oxygen the brain cannot function.

For example, if the area that controls the movement of right side of the body is not getting adequate amount of blood and oxygen due to the blockage of the blood vessel, then that particular function is lost.

Risk factors for Stroke are, Hypertension, Cardiac problem like Arrhythmias, Atrial Fibrilation etc.,Alcoholism, Smoking, Obesity, Diabetes mellitus, Prior heart attack, Peripheral vascular disease, High cholesterol (Low density lipoprotein), Sedentary life style, Lack of physical activity.

The chance of having stroke increase with age, it should not be considered as a natural concomitant of increasing age. Most significant risk factor to emerge is hypertension. The risk of stroke increases dramatically with increasing blood pressure and there is good evidence that the use of prophylactic hypotensive therapy alleviates the susceptibility. Patients with diabetes are also much more likely to get stroke attack than the subjects with normal blood glucose. Abnormal blood lipid, smoking and a positive family history of stroke are other important risk factors.

The final common pathway of all these risk factors is the arterial disease called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a disease of large and medium sized arteries characterized by the deposition of cholesterol and other substances in the arterial wall. Irregular vessel wall provokes the formation of plaque or clot in the lumen of the artery which may completely occlude the vessel or it may dislodge to form emboli. The emboli flows along with the circulating blood and it may block the vessel where the diameter of the vessel is narrow.

Atherosclerosis is a generalized disease. Studies have shown that if a stroke prone population is evaluated, he may have the evidence of ischemic heart disease like angina or myocardial infarction and peripheral vascular disease. The blood clot tends to form in the left atrium and these can subsequently dislodge and embolise  to the brain.

Types and Causes of Stroke:

Of all patients presenting with stroke 85% of cases will have sustained a cerebral infarction due to inadequate blood flow to a part of the brain. Remaining 15% of cases will have had an intercerebral hemorrhage. Combination of severe headache and vomiting at the onset of focal neurological deficits increases the likelihood of hemorrhagic stroke.

Ischemic Stroke: It is the most common type of stroke that affects about 80-85% of individuals. It occurs as a result of the obstruction of the blood flow, depriving the brain of essential oxygen and nutrients. An obstruction could be of a thrombus or embolic blood clot that forms in the blood vessel and remains there due to platelet adhesion and aggregation of plaque and sometimes it gets dislodged in the flowing blood stream and blocks the blood flow where the lumen of the blood vessel is narrow.

Hemorrhagic Stroke: It is caused by arteries of the brain either leaking blood or bursting open. The hemorrhaged blood puts extra pressure on the brain cell and damages them. The blood vessels can burst or spill blood in the middle of brain or near the surface of the brain and the skull. The rupture can be caused by conditions such as high blood pressure or hypertension, trauma, blood thinning medications and aneurysm.

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA): It is caused because the blood flow to the brain is disrupted temporarily for a short period of time. The symptoms are similar to that of other forms of stroke, only difference is that the symptoms resolve completely within 24 hours of onset.

Symptoms & Early Warning Signs:

• Sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body including the face, arm, leg and trunk, Trouble in speaking & understanding, most commonly slurred speech, Sudden trouble in one or both eyes in seeing, blur vision being most common, Lack of balance & coordination and difficulty in walking, Severe headache, Face drooping.

Identifying Stroke:

‘FAST’ & easy way to recognize stroke: F- Face drooping, A-Arm weakness, S- Speech difficulty, T- Time to call ambulance

After a stroke, recovery depends on brain’s ability to recognize its undamaged cells as the brain cannot grow new cells to replace the ones that have been damaged. It’s called neuroplasticity. The main focus of rehabilitation is to train the patient to use both sides of his/her body again.

(Dr. Amber Anand is PT, Consultant Physiotherapist, Healing Hands)



Arunachal Olympic Games from Dec 1,

Arm Sport included

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: The first ever Arunachal Olympic Games organized by Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) has been rescheduled and will now be held from December 1 to 4 here. The decision was taken in a joint meeting chaired by AOA President Padi Richo at a city hotel, Naharlagun today afternoon.

The Mini Olympics was earlier tentatively scheduled from November 15 to 18. Arm sport has also been included in the Mini Olympics bringing the total number of sports disciplines to 14. Other disciplines are Weightlifting, Karate, Taekwondo, Football, Badminton, Chess, Boxing, Judo, Wushu, Archery, Athletics, Carrom and Table Tennis

The games organising committee was also constituted headed by the AOA president as chairman and its secretary general as organising secretary.

The meeting was attended by representatives from 14 state level sports associations of different sports discipline.

Meanwhile, a team of experts from Army Sports Institute (ASI), Pune as well from Secundarbad will arrive here during the Games on sports talent hunt. They will identify and pick the most talented ones for further grooming in their respective sport institutions.

The organizing committee has appealed to all NGOs and pressure groups to avoid any form "Bandh Call" or agitation during Games period for smooth conduct of the event.



BJP's new NE zone Secy. prioritizes development and party

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Development of North East and further strengthening of the party organization in the region will be the top priority of the BJP's newly appointed North-East Zonal Secretary (Org) Ajay Jamwal. Addressing the people of North East residing in Delhi and party workers at the party's Delhi Pradesh Office recently after his appointment to the post, Jamwal assured to work for strengthening the party organization in North-East and promised to coordinate with the governments for steady development of the region.

Social worker and leader Lenzing Pertin, on behalf of the Arunachalee people living in Delhi, requested Jamwal to highlight all the issues pertaining to people from Arunachal residing in and around Delhi to the Central Government.

Earlier, Jamwal was felicitated by the North East cell of Delhi Pradesh BJP Office under the leadership of its chairman Manas Deka. Srishiddarthan, Secretary (Org), Delhi Pradesh BJP and other office bearers and workers attended the function.

During the function, Iri Riba, State Council Member, BJP Arunachal Pradesh also felicitated Ajay with traditional attire.



Tukum-Akash wins gold in All India Sub-Jr. Badminton Championship

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Laa Tukum of Arunachal Pradesh partnering with Akash Yadav of Delhi won the Boys U-15 Double Gold medal in the All India Sub-Junior Badminton Championship (U-13, U-15 Boys & Girls)- -2015.

Tukum and Akash defeated their opponents from Haryana in straight 21-13 and 21-14 sets in the final at Guntur, Andhra Pradesh today, informed Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA).

Tukum-Akash entered into the final defeating their opponents from Haryana 21-13, 21-14 in the semifinal yesterday night.

13-yr-old Tukum, the younger brother of state's top shuttler Laa Talar, participating in U-15 year category reached semifinal in Boys single event. He lost 17-21, 21-8 and 21-12 to Pranai Haarh of Andhra Pradesh in the semifinal yesterday and settled for the Bronze medal.

Another player from Arunachal Kirto Nyorak lost 21-12 and 21-16 to his opponent in the second round of Boys U-13 single main draw, Earlier, Kirto beat his rival J. Panthagani of Telengana 21-11, 21-15 in the first round.  

Kirto pairing with Megi Riram handed a stunning first round defeat to fifth ranked Hariom of Delhi and Anmol Joon of Haryana in the boys U-13 double event. Kirto and Megi beat their opponents 23-21 and 21-14 in a keenly contested match and advanced into the second round.

Meanwhile, Laa Talar representing the state in All India Senior Badminton Championship Pune, Maharashtra from October 19- 25, lost 15-21 and 13-21 in pre-quarter final to Kausal Dharmander of Maharashtra in men's single event.

Participating in the mixed double event, Talar bowed out in the second round of the main draw.  

Meanwhile, an 18-member badminton team from Arunachal Pradesh, including two officials, will be leaving here for Imphal, Manipur tomorrow to participate in the North East Zone Badminton Championship scheduled to be held from October 28 to 30.

State's top badminton player Laa Talar will also participate in it.

The players were given two months rigorous coaching/training to prepare them for the highly competitive event.

ASBA hoped the player will perform to their potential and bring laurels to the state by winning medals in the championship.



Finance Ministers meet on GST laws

New Delhi, Oct 25:  State finance ministers are scheduled to meet on November 20 to discuss the model Goods and Services (GST) Tax law as well as the integrated-GST or iGST legislation.

The Centre had earlier this month circulated among states the draft of CGST, SGST and iGST for their comments.

"The meeting of states to discuss the laws is scheduled to happen on November 20," an official told PTI.

The Central GST (CGST) will be framed based on the model GST law. Also, the states will draft their own State GST (SGST) based on the draft model law with minor variation incorporating state-based exemption.

Besides, iGST law would deal with inter-state movement of goods and services.

After the draft laws are deliberated upon by states, it would be put up in the public domain seeking comments of trade and industry.

"The model legislations have been drafted after consultations between representatives of both the Centre and states. Now, the state finance ministers have to formally approve it," another official said.

Although, the government had planned to roll out GST, which is touted as the most comprehensive indirect tax reform since Independence, from April 1, 2016, it seems difficult as the Constitution Amendment Bill is stuck in the Rajya Sabha where the ruling NDA does not have a majority. The government, however, is going ahead with the preparatory work necessary for smooth implementation of the GST, which will subsume various levies like excise, service tax, sales tax, octroi and the like and will ensure a single indirect tax regime for the entire country.

The government has already put up three reports of empowered committee on GST on refunds, payment process and registration for public comments by October 31.

Besides, another report of a Joint Committee in relation to GST return process has suggested providing monthly filing of returns for business to business dealings through a set of eight forms for different categories of transactions.

It has suggested filing of a periodic e-return for CGST, SGST and iGST. PTI

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Price rise and hoarding

According to Consumer Affairs Ministry, retail prices of pulses had touched Rs 210/kg last Friday. Urad was selling at Rs 190/kg, Moong at Rs 130/kg, Masoor at Rs 110/kg.

This disclosure is not surprising as 75,000 tonnes of pulses was seized from hoarders in raids across 13 states to crack down on black marketing.

The prices have risen sharply across the country due to a shortfall in domestic output as the pulses production is estimated to have fallen to 17.38 million tonnes in 2014-15 crop year  from 19.25 million tonnes in the previous crop year due to deficient monsoon last year and unseasonal rains and hailstorms during March-April this year.

Even though India imports about four million tonnes of pulses, largely through private trade, to meet domestic shortfall, the prices of pulses have skyrocketed mainly due to hoarding and black-marketing by the traders.

Following reports of uncontrolled and steep rise in price of pulses, the state government of Arunachal has already instructed all the Deputy Commissioners to initiate measures to prevent hoarding and check price rise.

It clearly instructed the DCs that anybody found involved in hoardings must be taken to task and action initiated against them under Essential Commodities Act and other relevant rules.

De-hoarding operations need to be further stepped up to check the price rice across the nation as the operations are already showing results with  reports of  declining trends in the prices of pulses in some states.




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Suicide among students

Dear Editor,

It is shocking to read in newspapers about spurt in student suicides and recent one being a final year student committing suicide in IIT Madras.  Often the inability of the students to open up their bottled-up feelings to the right person, who can give timely & correct advice, makes them take this extreme step. Teachers, parents and even classmates should be trained to spot in students, the warning signs like depression, lack of enthusiasm, sudden withdrawal from friends, their falling grades, low self-esteem and most importantly devote time to listen to their fears and anxieties. 

Parents should identify the natural flair of children and allow them to pursue that, instead of pushing them to do things they dislike and try to live their own unrealized dreams through their kids. Yoga and Personality Development courses should be made compulsory in educational institutions with special emphasis on self-esteem and self-confidence.

 Also, humour could be made part of the curriculum, which would help students to develop a sense of humour & take life lightly. One remembers Mahatma Gandhi’s famous quote “If I had no sense of humour, I would long ago have committed suicide.”


T S Karthik, Chennai



Traffic jam and solutions

Dear Editor,

I would like to inform the concern authority to support the traffic police with adequate trainings and modern equipments to cope with the growing traffic jam in the twin capital city. Up to some extent, it is due to congestion on the narrow road but we often see the jam on the national high way.

The traffic mis-management contributes to long queue on the national highway.

Therefore, an expert committee should be formed to find the problems and its solution

I also would like to suggest that all vehicles coming from sector/colony roads should be stopped at least one minute before entering the highway. It is often seen that every vehicles coming from sector/colony roads are not stopped and it frequently breaks the highway traffic flow especially during morning rush hour.

This one minute stoppage time for all vehicles entering the highway will certainly help ease the traffic congestion in the highway.

And it also suggested that the vehicles entering branch/sector/colony roads from highway should be released as quickly as possible to minimise the traffic congestion on the highway.


Keling Yaying




Unemployment and illegal appointments

Dear Editor,

Now a days , a unique trend has started in our state. Firstly, various department gives controversial type of job vacancy advertisement which clearly reflect the corrupt intention of the department and then they themselves cancel the advertisement after sometimes and these vacancy is never advertised again, may be post are already distributed, secretly.

Few months back, the department of Rural Development advertised post of Joint BDO which was cancelled subsequently, and then Chairman of APB&OCWWB stated that few post of Registration officer and few post of clerk were appointed for only five months and it will recruit those posts through proper process. But till today there are no updates from neither of the department in this regard.

Again, Department of Industry had advertised the post of Extension officer, statistical officer year back.

Many applied for the same but it was also cancelled. Many months have been passed but there is no fresh advertisement of those posts by the department, this clearly indicates that may be those post have already been filled up! Otherwise, why the department would not advertise it?

Many aspiring candidates have tried to collect information in this regard but there is no satisfactory answer from any of the department.

In our state it has been seen that illegal appointment is not a big issue for student union, who claim to have been formed for the welfare of the students), political parties and general public. But people should know that illegal appointment is the mother of all scandals, corruption. Because, these illegal appointees get job either with the help of politician or money. Now after getting job, illegal appointee became ChamcHa of politician and follow every order of politician in their deed of corruption, scandals, misuse of power. Or these illegal appointees use every means to recover the money spent in obtaining jobs.

If we remember few days back it was in news that in Uttar Pradesh, for post of Peon even P.hd holder are applying. This situation may also come in our state in near future if illegal appointments is not stopped in our state and everyone knows that every year clandestine appointments takes place in our state but nobody rise the voice for various reason. One of such reason is that it may lead to communal clash if illegal appointees and complainer are from different community.

But every Arunachalees should know that illegal doers belong to no community.

If illegal appointments is not stopped in our state, it may lead to insurgency in this international border state. Because unemployment is one of the main factor of insurgency in north –east. The threatening calls and bullet of insurgent does not see whether it is Apatani, Nyishi, Galo, Adi , Monpa , Tagin, Tangsa, Khampti, Mishmi or Miji.  

If we do not speak now, situation will be irreparable in near future. Hence, all should come forward and raise the voice against the illegal appointments after all an unemployed youth is some body’s son, daughter, brother or sister. And if anybody’s near and dear remains unemployed because of illegal appointment, it affects the whole family


Tade Yaram




Raising domestic violence

Dear Editor,

In an age where women are considered equals to their male counterparts if not far ahead, the tales of educated and independent women being victims of domestic violence comes as a slight surprise if not a shock, and most of the times, these tales are only a house away.

The recent report of a young man alleged of domestic violence in Aalo town also paints a grim picture of the condition of women in the state and of the society at large. The reports that he beat his wife on a daily basis and burnt parts of her body makes us question of the role of the family as well. Just as the wife in this case, many women silently accept their faith and take the physical and mental abuse for a long time as something that they probably ‘deserve’. Many fail to understand that the first slap is only the beginning to other forms of torture and at times, even death.

Sadly, women agree with specific reasons for justifying a husband’s physical and mental abuse. According to statistics, for Arunachal, 10.2 percent of women agreed when their spouses suspected them of being unfaithful, while 26.2 percent agreed to something as small as the wife’s inability to cook food properly. Data also shows that girls/women under the age group of 15 to 19 years with little or no education are often the most abused in a marital relationship. Households that come from low socio-economic status also see more abuse when compared to the socio-economically sound families.

However, it has been observed that educated and socio-economically sound spouses also indulge in domestic violence, which in itself is shameful in any given day or age. Abuse of any kind is unjustifiable.

The fact remains that domestic violence not only creates unrest in a household, but also affects the mental state of the persons involved – the marital spouses and their children (if any) as well.  Victims often do not file any complaints nor do they share it with their families, and many educated and independent women are ashamed to bring out their domestic woes out in the open. Too many times families simply chose to ignore the bruises of their daughters.

The question remains-what can the society do about it?

Of course, spouses need to have proper communication and understanding to work together as a team, but we cannot go about giving lessons on morality and expect them to understand our point of view. We cannot stop crimes from occurring, but we can educate people of the repercussions of such behaviour, we can tell them what steps to take when such abuses take place and save many from being victims. We need the victim family to come together to save its child from abuse instead of asking them to come to a settlement and endure the same torture in different forms over and over again.

Not only does the administration have to conduct awareness on the issue, but also be highly strict against such abusers, and take every single case as a priority. We can start by educating our neighbours about such abuses and help them through the process of healing, and do our bit to give more meaning to the word-humanity.







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